Gender and sexuality concerns
LGBTQ+ individuals may experience mental health challenges that are compounded by exposure to homophobia, biphobia, transphobia, and other types of discrimination. Trauma and race-based stress further intensifies the level of complexity in the lives of LGBTQ+ individuals.
Kindred Psychology proudly offers expert care for gender and sexuality concerns.
We are currently experiencing a barrage of challenges to our humanity through the passage of laws and policies that limit medical care and personal freedoms. Members of the queer community are still fighting for acceptance, basic safety and equal protection. Thus, when one’s existence and humanity are sources of bitter cultural debate, people who are LGBTQ+ understandably experience increased stress and anxiety. Families and/or faith communities that are not open and affirming often communicate messages of contempt, loathing, spiritual confusion, and may be associated with religious trauma. In the presence of underdeveloped coping mechanisms, stress and anxiety are difficult to manage and can escalate to isolation, loneliness, challenges with mood regulation, substance use and/or eating concerns, and/or relationship difficulties. Traumas may persist as unspoken and unresolved.
We are committed to providing affirming therapy services for LGBTQ+ individuals and their families.
The care provided at Kindred Psychology is trauma-conscious, all-ages inclusive, and culturally affirming. We welcome people in families and relationships of all configurations. Some of our clinicians have specialized trained and experience providing services for people whose relationship structures involve Consensual Non-Monogamy (CNM). In addition, for those clients who incorporate kink into their lives and/or relationships, we are proud to provide sex-positive care according to the Clinical Practice Guidelines for Working with People with Kink Interests.
At Kindred Psychology, you will be welcomed into a validating space where all of your intersecting individual, social, and cultural identities will be supported from an informed and knowledgeable perspective.
This Consumer’s Guide for parents and guardians of gender diverse children (linked above) is a valuable resource that was developed by the APA Committee on Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity, with contributions from Elizabeth Baumann, PhD, Sarah E. Burgamy, PsyD, Arlene Noriega, PhD, and Michèle M. Schlehofer, PhD.
Finding qualified psychological services for gender diverse children and adolescents can be challenging for parents and guardians. This guide can help you assess potential therapists to determine if they are competent to provide supportive care, and if they will be a good fit for your child or adolescent. It may be helpful to view this process much as you would any other important consumer choice. Being as informed as possible as you start the search and knowing what kinds of questions you will want to ask can make the process easier.